I found a great article in the Fall 2011 issue of “Healthy Pets,” which we receive through our vet’s office. The name of the article is “Kids and Pets: Growing Together” by Lynette A. Hart, Ph.D.
Many times as I watch my boys interact with our pets, I’ve been thankful that we are in a position to own pets. That is, nobody is allergic to the animals, and we have time to care for them properly. We have two dogs, one cat, and six little fish.
The article begins by stating that many parents think giving a child a pet is a great way to teach them responsibility, but unfortunately, most children are not mature enough to care for a pet’s daily needs. My husband learned this lesson when he bought that fish aquarium for our then three-year-old.